The trend toward Mardi Gras-style street parties and parades for adult revelries goes back to the 1970s. That's when Freakfest began here in Madison, Wisconsin...I'll give her the benefit of the doubt here -- I don't think the prof is toeing some secret party line established by a shadowy cabal of University and city administrators. But let's be straight: Freakfest is not fit to be called the dessicated corpse of Madison's Halloween tradition. It's a hack job to make the city a couple of bucks off the students every year.
This was the last gasp of Halloween in Madison. That festival is no more.